While VR may not have lived up to the hype that the early 2000s gave it, that doesn't stop companies like Varjo from trying to push the envelope. The Mixed Reality Headset aims to mimic the the human eye and provides a set of 0.7-inch, Full HD Sony-sourced MicroOLED displays, both of which can offer 3,000 pixel-per-inch density and are magnified to fill up roughly a 20-degree field of view. It features eye tracking and a set of mirrors that move the projected images in front of whereever your eyes are looking. Kits are expected to ship out in early 2019. We'll follow to see if this one lives up to the hype.
Varjo Mixed Reality Headset
Hexa 6-Legged Programmable Robot
Robots are cool and the next big platform. Robotics company Vincross is looking to bring the world of hardware and software programmable robots into your home with Haxa, a 6-legged robot that is highly agile and adaptable. The robot comes with a 720P camera complete with night vision, a 3-axis accelerometer and several sensors including ones to measure distance and proximity to objects. Hexa also includes a full software stack built on the Linux Kernel called MIND, that allows you to create movements and applications that can bring your robotics to life. It connects via an integrated wi-fi adapter and a 4-hour battery life. Hexa is perfect for the first time enthusiasts that don't need to know underlying hardware and complex mechanics to learn and create interesting robotics functionality.
QC-1 Cryptocurrency Heater
Unless you've been living under a rock the past year, you've undoubtedly heard about cryptocurrency. And you've most likely also heard about that 15 year old kid next door that is now a millionaire thanks to his crypto 'mining' rig. The one thing about crypto mining, however, is that it uses a LOT of computing power and generates a ton of heat. So what did the guys over at Qarnot do? They decided to take advantage of both the demand for crypto mining and the side effects of generating hashes all day and created the QC-1 Crypto Heater. This space heater uses a pair of graphics cards that are capable of mining up to 60 MH/s while producing enough heat to warm your home. They describe it as 'a source of revenue, not an expense.' We love it.